41 days in Georgia, Yerevan & Baku Itinerary

41 days in Georgia, Yerevan & Baku Itinerary

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Yerevan, Armenia
— 7 nights
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 6 nights
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kutaisi, Georgia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gudauri, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspindza, Georgia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Signagi, Georgia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 2 nights
Taxi to Natakhtari airfield, Fly to Mestia
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Mestia, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive to Kopitnari Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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Yerevan, Armenia — 7 nights

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kechi hous,Tsakhkadzor. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kecharis Monastery and Echmiadzin Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Yerevan: The Monastery of Geghard (in Geghard), Garni (Garni Temple & Garni Gorge) and The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots (in Vagharshapat). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Noratus Cemetery, examine the collection at Yerevan Brandy Factory, get a taste of the local shopping with Dalan Art Gallery, and admire the striking features of Saint Hripsime Church.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yerevan vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Yerevan is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from San Francisco to Yerevan. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Yerevan reach 34°F and lows reach 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Baku.
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Baku, Azerbaijan — 6 nights

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Baku Old City and Highland Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museum of Miniature Books and National Museum of History of Azerbaijan. There's still lots to do: stroll around Philharmonic Park, browse the different shops at Ganja Mall, examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heydar Mosque.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Baku tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from Yerevan to Baku takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Yerevan in January, things will get a bit warmer in Baku: highs are around 45°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Tbilisi.
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Tbilisi, Georgia — 7 nights

On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Shio-Mgvime Monastery for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mount Mtatsminda. Venture out of the city with trips to Mtskheta (Samtavro Church & The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anchiskhati Basilica, explore the historical opulence of Narikala Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sioni Church, and stop by Gallery 27.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tbilisi sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Baku to Tbilisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Baku in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tbilisi, with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Kutaisi.
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Kutaisi, Georgia — 5 nights

Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. Gelati Monastery and Kutaisi National Museum of Military Glory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Okatse Canyon and Town-Fortress Nokalakevi. Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Bagrati Cathedral, ponder the design of Colchis Fountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsameta Monastery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sataplia Cave and Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Kutaisi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tbilisi to Kutaisi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Tbilisi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kutaisi, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gudauri.
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Gudauri, Georgia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof and then glide through natural beauty at Gudauri Paragliding ski Resort.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gudauri online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kutaisi to Gudauri by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspindza.
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Aspindza, Georgia — 4 nights

Aspindza is a daba in southern Georgia's region of Samtskhe-Javakheti with a population of 2,793, mostly ethnic Georgians. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vardzia and Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Khertvisi Fortress and Tmogvi Fortress. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspindza: Jivani House Museum (in Kartsakhi), Akhalkalaki Castle (in Akhalkalaki) and Paravani Lake (in Ninotsminda).

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aspindza trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Gudauri to Aspindza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Signagi.
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Signagi, Georgia — 4 nights

Signagi or Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Signagi Municipality. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nekresi Monastery Complex and Cradle of Wine Marani. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino and House-museum of Chavchavadze. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Signagi: Gurjaani Wine House (in Gurjaani), Vashlovani National Park (in Dedoplistskaro) and Tsinandali Palace (in Tsinandali). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Signagi City Walls.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Signagi online trip builder.

You can drive from Aspindza to Signagi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. February in Signagi sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Stepantsminda.
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Stepantsminda, Georgia — 2 nights

Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Stepantsminda, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its alpine landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Kazbek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Gergeti Trinity Church and then admire the sheer force of Gveleti Waterfall.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Stepantsminda online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Signagi to Stepantsminda takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Mestia.
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Mestia, Georgia — 2 nights

Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1500m in the Caucasus Mountains.General informationMestia is located in the Svaneti region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti province, some 128km northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Mikheil Khegiani House Museum and then fly down the slopes at Khatsvali Ski Resort. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church and then take in the awesome beauty at Ski Resort Tetnuldi.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mestia day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Stepantsminda to Mestia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Mestia can reach 31°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Georgia travel guide

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Churches · Landmarks · Gardens
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.
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